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In 1935, 99-year-old former slave Shadrach asks to be buried on the soil where he was born to slavery, and that land is owned by the large Dabney family, consisting of Vernon, Trixie and their seven children, and to bury a black man on that land is a violation of strict Virginia law. Written by
The pickup truck on the ferry with them was newer than 1936. See more »
[Paul has learned curse words from the Dabneys and is yelling them into the closet.]
Son of a bitch, whorehouse, Jesus Christ, pisspot, asshole!
Come on, Paul, it's time to go to church!
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Written by J.R. Baxter (uncredited) and John Starling (uncredited)
Performed by Preston Fulp
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Expanded from the short story of the same name from the little book "A Tidewater Morning" by William Styron, Shadrach is a wonderful film. If you haven't read the short-short story, you are in for a treat. When we are young, we feel a pull to leave; when we are old we are pulled back to where we came from. To walk from Alabama to Virginia to be buried where you grew up. A 100 year old former slave. That's a story.
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